With the onset of quarantining due to the pandemic, Temple Israel was forced to discontinue in-person services. Because of this, all Shabbat evening and Shabbat morning services have been held through Zoom. 

With 2020 High Holiday services also being held through Zoom our Holiday Cantor participated with us from his home in Boston! The result of this was the realization that Temple Israel could have guest cantors throughout the year. 

Beginning in December of 2020, at least two weekends each month, we have had guest cantors from all over the country participate with us. We have experienced a wide variety of cantorial styles from traditional Conservative to Reform to Jewish Renewal. 

To offset the cost of bringing guest cantors to our Shabbat services, Temple Israel members have generously “hosted” individual services. The response from members and from cantors is evidenced by the enthusiasm and attendance during guest cantor services.

Come join us!

Some of the guest cantors who have participated, or will be participating, with us are:

  • Cantorial Soloist Sarah Bollt, a student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. 
  • Cantor Ronit Rubin, a member of the Cantor’s Assembly of Conservative Judaism.
  • Cantor Marc Stober, finishing his final year of studies at Hebrew College in Boston.
  • Cantor Alexandra Fox, who is ordained from Hebrew Union College.
  • Cantor Sam Radwine, a native of the Springfield area!
  • Cantor Colman Reaboi, a graduate of both Hebrew College and the Boston Conservatory of Music.
  • Cantor Naomi Hirsch, who is ordained from Hebrew Union College.
  • Cantor Matt Austerklein, who is ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
  • Gabrielle Pescador, who is both a cantorial and rabbinic student at Aleph: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
  • Cantor Rachel Slusky, who is a cantor-educator trained at Hebrew College in Boston.
  • Rabbi Shoshana Friedman, who is Director of Professional Development at Hebrew College.
  • Cantor Lisa Levine, who has a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College.
  • Cantor Jacqueline Marx, who currently is studying for her rabbinic ordination from the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary.
  • Rabbi-Cantor Eva Robbins, an instructor at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles.
  • Cantor Amy Katz, who is a student at the Academy of Jewish Religion.
  • Rabbi-Cantor Cheri Weiss, the founder and director of the San Diego Jewish Community Choir.

Temple Israel has returned to in person services in the sanctuary and because of the success and popularity of our guest cantor program this will continue through a video system which guest cantors from all over the country will be able to continue participating with us.